“It’s great to be with folks who are facing similar challenges and want to make our community better.”
SCCA Member: Jim Welna, Welna II Hardware

Welcome New Board Members

The SCCA 2015 Annual Celebration was a great success as over 30 members gathered at Joan of Art Gallery on East Franklin Avenue to elect Board Members and socialize. Surrounded by the creative works of Kimber Fiebiger, owner of Joan of Art, we were treated to delicious food, including appetizers and desserts from the Seward Co-op, Enchiladas and hot cider from Chef Shack, salmon from Coastal Seafoods, and macaroons and cookies from Birchwood Café. Members enjoyed wine and other beverages from Zipps.

Mekbib and Jenny 2015 Annual meeting

Photo: Outgoing Board member Jenny Larson with new board member Mekbib Dersoligne.

The membership unanimously voted to elect Mekbib Dersoligne of Wells Fargo Bank, and Pastor Mike Matson of Bethany Lutheran Church, as new Board members. Current Board Members Kerry Cashman of Seward Neighborhood Group, Rick Siewert of Siewert Cabinet, and Renee Spillum of Seward Redesign, were re-elected. We extend our thanks to outgoing board member Jenny Larson, owner of Jennifer Larson Communications Design, and outgoing Treasurer Jennifer Shoenzeit, owner of Zipp’s Liquors, for their service to the board. A heartfelt thank you goes out to all the Board members, new and old, who volunteer their time and energy month after month to help make the business community of Seward strong and vibrant!

Mekbib Dersoligne – Wells Fargo Bank

Mekbib is a Business Banking Specialist at the Wells Fargo branch at 26th & East Franklin.. He specializes in managing customers’ portfolios and service relationships, and provides a broad base of financial and credit services for Wells Fargo clients. He has been involved in the finance industry since 1994. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Math from the Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia in 1992, and holds a BSC in Accounting from Metro State University in Minneapolis. He moved to the US from Ethiopia in 2002 and started at Wells Fargo as a teller in 2003. He sits on a loan committee for the African Development Center, and looks forward to connecting more with the Seward business community.

Mike Matson – Bethany Lutheran Church

Pastor Mike Matson began serving Bethany in 2014. He serves there half time while continuing his half-time ministry as Chaplain to Student Athletes at Augsburg College. He serves in other roles at Augsburg College as Football Assistant Coach and Volunteer Strength & Conditioning Coach. He is also in the Navy Reserves. Pastor Mike earned his bachelor’s degree from Augsburg in 2007, and graduated in 2011 from the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago, Ill. He received his ordination from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in September 2012. Pastor Mike and his wife Helen have four children.

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